FREE Confederate Record Access in April

Thanks to Upfront With NGS, a publication by the National Genealogical Society, and its Diane Richard, for the reminder that Fold3.com is making all its Confederate military records free to access during the month of April.

Member-only Pages Moving to a New Private Site

The member-only WCGSTX pages which have been accessed are being moved to a new site because our old host (Posterous) is closing April 30, 2013. All new member-only posts will be available at http://wcgstxarchives.wordpress.com/. This is a private site for members-only which will not require a password. ( However, you will need to set up a WordPress .com username.) (NOTE: you will have to have a wordpress user name, but you DO NOT HAVE TO SET UP YOUR  OWN BLOG.) Only members who receive an invitation email from our private page (sent from WordPress) will have access to the page. Some of the older Posterous-hosted items which were imported to the new WordPress page will display normally. Some may require to click the link to that item. Some may require you to press first a READ MORE button and then the link. Newer items should display normally. Probably, we will find some more differences, please let us know at wcgstx@gmail.com if you find one.

Index of 150,000 Plus Courthouse Documents To Be Online

News from the Wood County Democrat newspaper from the last Wood County Commissioners Court meeting is that the county is planning to soon place online about 150,000 courthouse documents dating from 1919. They will be indexed and can be ordered online for a fee of $5.00 per document. This is in cooperation with the office of Count Clerk Kelley Price. The news report of the meeting with details is at this link: http://goo.gl/QYzVR.

Websites For Genealogy

Websites for Genealogy

Blank Forms

http://www.wakefieldfhs.org.uk/Forms%20&%20Charts.htm

http://www.familytreemagazine.com/freeforms

https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Research_Forms

https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Research_Forms#Ancestry.com

 

Help Sites

            http://www.dearmyrtle.com       Great article “January 2009 Getting Organized”  Best article I have ever seen on the subject.

http://www.cyndislist.com/        This is the site recommended by everyone.

http://www.usgenweb.org/        Free can find state and county sites

http://www.txgenweb.org/

www.ancestry.com            Some things may be free.

http://www.findagrave.com/

http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/

http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp          Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Closes LDS research library is in Gilmer.  Original records are added to this daily. They request help from you transcribing records.

www.ellisisland.org     Ellis Island offers Free Genealogy Search & tips for your Family Tree Know nothing about this site.

http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/               This is the National Archives, access to federal government records.  I spend hours look for and at things on this website.

Shirley Patrick

Access NewspaperARCHIVE at the Quitman Public Library

Great news was released this week of the availability of the NewspaperArchive at Quitman Public Library. This is a gigantic database allows searching of  past newspapers around the country. Two papers of local interest are the Wood County Democrat  (1916-2012) and the Winnsboro News from 1955 to 1977. Special thanks to Librarian Delene Allen for adding this valuable resource to the library.

Additional information about the new service is available from the post on the library blog at this link: Access NewspaperARCHIVE at the Quitman Public Library.

Do You Read The Comments?

Do you come back here and read the comments posted later on this page? If not, you are missing some good follow-up information.

Here are some recent comments pulled from their posted positions and presented here to show how people are responding to requests:

Comment on Query: Hood by Dorothy Harbin
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Dorothy Harbin
Hello: I will try to check on this on a Tuesday, whenever the library opens, I have been out of town.

Comment on Query: Sams by Dorothy Harbin
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Dorothy Harbin
We have OBITS starting 1983 in the Quitman Public Library, and will look for it on a Tuesday and also check micro film for the other date.

Comment on Query: Sams by Kathy Richey
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Kathy Richey
There are old copies of the Wood County Democrat online. Go to news.google.com. Look at the February 2, 1978 and it has C.O. Sams obit. Hope this helps.

Comment on Query (2nd Request): Stout by Francie Stout Easley
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Francie Stout Easley
I, too, am a descendant of Capt. Henry Stout! My father, Forrest Hilton Stout (passed last November) went to the cemetery in Quitman with my cousin, Edward Stout (also deceased) several years ago. I have not been there myself, but it is on my bucket list!
Francie Stout Easley

Hooton,Rouse
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Sandy Hooton (Rouse)
Will notes or a tape (CD) be available from this Oct 2012 meeting? I am out of state (CA) and unable to attend and very interested. I have a brickwall from this County and still hoping to break

Take a Look at Generous Genealogists

The Generous Genealogists site is up and running. You should go take a look by clicking on the picture below.

Research Reminder from BellaOnline

The genealogy editor of BellaOnline has posted a reminder that we need to be mindful that there are many alternative sources for finding information in a recent post: Genealogical Databases of a Different Type.

Tina Sansone said, “We also need to realize that only a very small portion of what is available to researchers is online. We still need to visit the archives, cemeteries, courthouses, libraries, genealogical societies, museums, churches and other places where genealogical data may be.”

You can read here entire article at this address: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art178042.asp

Quitman Library Agreement to Order Family History Library Films

This was posted today on the Quitman Public Library (QPL) Facebook page. Editor’s Note: Fantastic news. The services at QPL should be available by October 1.
The Quitman Public Library has a lending agreement with the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, to borrow microfiche, microfilm and publications listed in the LDS Family History Library Catalog at www.familysearch.org

Here’s what you will find:

• The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources.
• Records available are from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
• A majority of the records contain information about persons who lived before 1930.
• Approximately 200 cameras are currently digitizing records in over 45 countries. Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.

For more information about this service, call Delene H. Allen, Director – Quitman Public Library at 903-763-4191

Replacement for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

Generousgenealogists.com

A new website has been activated that will follow where RAOGK(Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) went. Working with Dale Schneider, husband of RAOGK’s late founder, Bridgett Schneider, the group was led by Mark Rabideau who did the organizing and programming, take a look at www.generousgenealogists.com. There are already some volunteers listed and many more are needed. For both accuracy and privacy reasons, the original RAOGK’s volunteer database was not used, so if you were listed before, you need to sign up on the new site. If you weren’t listed before and can do a lookup near where you live, your are invited to sign up. If you are in need of a lookup, check out the growing database of volunteers.
To access the volunteer database or to sign up, go the www.generousgenealogists.com and click on Volunteers.

Souce: Email from pkathy98 at genealogyresearchclub@yahoogroups.com.

Thanks to our society secretary, Shirley Patrick, for calling this to our attention to share here.

 

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